Killowatt Kid outpoints The Bus in the Super Nugget Final. Photo: Wild Range Photography.
Invercargill trainer Alister Black and the Branxholme brothers Ian and Lindsay Thomson have formed a very successful association in recent years and they enjoyed their biggest success to date when Kilowatt Kid won the $20,000 Caduceus Club of Southland Super Nugget Final at Ascot Park on Saturday.
The Thomsons also own Nugget starter Lawrence along with Six Diamonds and Chilli Franco, or all of Black’s seven winners this season.
Others raced by the pair from the stable in recent years include Ossessione (5 wins), The Jinja Ninja (4 wins), Pulling The Strings (3 wins) and Abraham Jones (2 wins).
“It all started when I was just breaking in and pre-training a few for them and it grew from there,” said Black.
“I was buying my hay off them and it all started out as a friendship.
“Then when they sold their farm at Moreton Mains and wanted to play around with a few horses, they asked me if I could train them all.
“They help me out with the horses these days and it’s become a team effort and it’s been great - I’ve got seven or eight in work for them at the moment.”
Most of the Thomsons’ horses have been purchased at the yearling sales and Kilowatt Kidd, fellow three-year-old Lawrence and the American Ideal five-year-old Six Diamonds (6 wins) were bred by Tuapeka Lodge.
Kilowatt Kid is an American Ideal gelding from Wave Runner, the dam also of last season’s Southland Oaks winner Bonnie Joan and Break Dance, who won the Southern Belle Mares Speed Series Final at Winton also in April last year.
Kilowatt Kid was a $24,000 purchase at the Premier while Lawrence, a winner twice this season, cost $20,000.
“I just like the way Cummings’ breed and do them – you can’t go far wrong there,” said Black.
Kilowatt Kid was second to The Bus in a Nugget Final back in early October in what was just his second race and Saturday’s win was his third in eight races while never being worse than fourth.
As a winner of six races and $44,000 this season, The Bus appeared to have a significant class edge over his rivals in the Nugget Super Final and he had every chance after working to an early lead.
The Bus sprinted home in 27.2 for Sam Ottley, but Kilowatt Kid beat him on his merits after working up three wide in the open over the last half.
Lawrence faded to sixth in the run home after making an earlier move to sit parked and racing The Bus from the 600m.
Kilowatt Kid was having his first race for six weeks after Black had given him 10 days off.
“He’d raced below par so I gave him a freshen-up and he’s obviously come up much better.
“He’s got a wee bit of dash when he decides to use it and thankfully that was today.
“I think he’s going to be a pretty nice horse in another six months.”
Black, 36, went from the junior driver ranks to helping out Alan Paisley and was working a night shift at the freezing works until a couple of years ago, when he went full-time training with the support from the Thomsons.